Saturday, March 12, 2011

Audrey in... Decorah?

The Audrey in Unst sweater is done!

I first saw this pattern knit up as a sample at Knit Nook in Louisville Kentucky while on our fall trip last year. I broke down and bought the yarn for it at the Blue Heron Knittery in Decorah, Iowa.

I used Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool for this, and I'm glad I swatched for it. It bloomed quite a bit, and I knit it with 0" ease. The lower ribbing still grew in blocking, unfortunately. I love the color, texture, and fit of this sweater. The pattern described the sweater as "cropped", so I added 3" of stockinette after the ribbing, before beginning waist shaping. I am relieved that I did because it's just the perfect length. The sleeve caps are shaped using short rows, which produced a seamless, great-fitting sleeve. The pattern writing was clear, direct, and intuitive, and you can find it here at Twist Collective if you're interested.

The "bib" pattern, Unst lace, is a great detail. I used 12 small buttons from Bonnie's Spinning Wheel to complete the sweater. Sweater #2 of 11 Sweaters in 2011 is a total win!

One thing I'm realizing through knitting these sweaters is that I have what might be called "weak" shoulders - which makes neckline seem especially wide on me. I'm wondering how I could modify sweaters to prevent this. Ideas?


  1. Looks so great! I think I'll be adding this sweater to my queue... in green, of course. ;)

  2. Definitely a winner,looks wonderful on you. I would be very interested in what to do about the neckline, I could use a strategy for that too. Great pick- great job.